micke-midlife on January 31st, 2009

This is the MAN, Haile Gebreselassie is pretty much THE living icon in the running world. He improved the marathon world record twice so far. Last year in Berlin, Germany, he was the first man to stay below 2:04 hours. The German Runner’s World online has an article where he shared his 7 recommendations to [...]

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micke-midlife on January 30th, 2009

Good running, requires good food. Fast running, requires… eh yes, fast food. Not so much in the sense of hamburgers from the golden M, but rather a good pasta dish that can be prepared quickly. Time is at the essence (as we all know). Spending hours in the kitchen is not the first thing that [...]

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micke-midlife on January 29th, 2009

First indications in Tuesday’s body pump session. The 10k warm up run beforehand went fine, no extraordinary observations. In the session the heart rate rarely goes beyond 75% of the maximum heart rate (with me). In the end all exercises are not too dynamic, i.e. the movements are controlled and to 90% slow. But this [...]

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Part V: Eventually, the bigger picture. How does the new Nokia N79 Active package fit into the larger landscape of  more or less intelligent training companions. The selection might not be exhaustive, but the point is to provide a target group overview based on the product proposition. The analysis can easily be extrapolated to other [...]

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micke-midlife on January 24th, 2009

Running in snow is tough. Was out today for almost 16km, mostly on the home door step standard running route around the Vanhankaupunginlahti bay. And what do I see? There’s a cross-country ski run put into the snow along the way. On my running trail! Now all those rigorous and ego-centric skiers come along and [...]

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micke-midlife on January 23rd, 2009

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The average daily amount of km went up from 10k after 100 days to 11km now after 150 days. In a brief estimation for the total project length, we won’t come out much higher. I.e. the initial idea was that the total run distance in 400 days would be about 4000km, now [...]

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micke-midlife on January 21st, 2009

Part IV: Finally, we take the Nokia N79 Active out for a spin. As earlier mentioned, once the heart rate belt is paired with the N79 (it’s Bluetooth), the Sports Tracker application finds it right away as soon as it is opened. In the gallery below is one pic on the pairing wizard that you [...]

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micke-midlife on January 20th, 2009

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He’s definitely a runner! We all knew it! He’s just way too good, not to be a runner. Those shoes are Ascis running shoes. That’s proof enough. Congratulations America to such a good choice for president. Mr. President, if you have your way around over here in the European north, bring your [...]

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micke-midlife on January 18th, 2009

part 3.5: yesterday’s race needs still digestion. although the trainings plan says “rest” for today, a 6-8k “active rest” was supposed to loosen up tight muslces that slightly hurt after the race. speaking about hurt, the left leg’s calf started hurting again, in fact it really never went completely away after those galactic 1000m interval [...]

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micke-midlife on January 17th, 2009

minus 7 degrees celsius, the pair of running gloves needed a pair of thin cotton hospital gloves as additional lining layer to keep the hands warm. still about 250 runners found their way out to this third round of the winter running series called aktia cup in hakunila, vantaa, north-east of helsinki. for this project, [...]

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